Ellon Burns Club once again enhanced its growing reputation for arranging exceptional Burns suppers, with an outstanding Immortal Memory performed by local councillor, Richard Thomson.
Richard, who is a highly-acclaimed violinist, made his debut ‘Immortal Memory’ on Robert Burns’ legacy of music and lyrics and huge contribution to the preservation of old Scottish airs – and brought them to life by his virtuoso interludes on the fiddle.
His performance ended with the entire company on its feet.
The evening was opened by the piping-in of the haggis by local piper, Charles Reid, who later played a medley of tunes on his bagpipes, and a dramatic Address to the Haggis was undertaken by the founding club president, Alan Cameron.
The council code of conduct was gently set to one side as Formartine Area Committee chair, Councillor Rob Merson, proposed a very tongue-in-cheek Toast to the Lassies, and Formartine Area Manager, Elaine Brown, responded with a spirited Reply on Behalf of the Lassies.
Much to the amusement of the guests, club treasurer James Mortimer donned a nightcap and gown for his suitably sanctimonious performance of Holy Willie’s Prayer – complete with candlestick and chamber-pot.
Solo vocal performances were given by Alan Cameron and Alison Young, who also led the community singing – and were joined on stage by members of the audience in a hilarious and spontaneous rendition of Willie Brew’d a Peck o’ Malt.
In closing the evening’s entertainment, Alan paid tribute to the high quality of the guest speakers, and expressed some disappointment that attendance at the Burns Supper had fallen over the last couple of years.
In some respects, he observed, the club was a victim of its own success in that he had founded it 28 years ago because nobody was holding Burns Suppers in the area - now there are a number of them.
Other Burns Suppers to be held locally included Ellon Senior Citizens event, which was also in the Station Hotel.